A Chaotic Introduction to My Novels

Note: Chaos may ensue in the following. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Hi Guardians…

As some of you may know, one of my passions is writing. Shocker I know, seeing as how I’ve never talked about it on this blog.

I think the reason why I didn’t talk about writing is because I wasn’t writing. The only thing that could count as writing is my blog, which is still my #1 priority, but I wasn’t writing.

I’m not really going to explain why, because to be honest I don’t know. The important thing is that I am writing now, and I want to share some stuff with you guys.

I just now realized that “author” has the word “thor” in it.

Now, my original plan for this post was to do the Know The Novel tag from Christine’s blog. But…then things changed. And…now I have more than one novel to introduce you to. And I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to introduce them one at a time or not. (We’ll both find out in a minute I guess…)

Anyway, I’m still going to be leaving some of the questions from the Know the Novel tag, but I’m not going to answer all of them, as some of them are more about NaNoWriMo, which I will probably never do.

Let’s do a one at a time thing with these. First, I’m going to talk about the WIP that I abandoned. I’m definitely not abandoning this forever, but for now, we’re putting this one back on the shelf.

I actually love this cover I made!

Meet Vivantir! This is a YA sci-fi novel that I really want to read. (just not write apparently…) My plans for this novel is that it would preferrably be a duology with each book coming in at about 90k. Currently I’m at 6k with the first book, so we’ll see what happens.

I’m going to get onto the questions from the tag now, and you can learn more about Vivantir!

The Questions

What first sparked the idea for this novel?

Well, to be completely honest, I have absolutely no idea. I just kind was thinking about that thing where people wonder if knowing the day they die would make a difference in their life or not? And I suppose I just fell in love with a futuristic society where people know exactly what day they’ll die on.

Share a blurb (or just an overall summary if you’d prefer)!

If you could find out exactly what day you died, would you?

In Vivantir, every citizen is given a birth certificate and a death certificate when they are born. Most citizens use this to live their life to the fullest, but seventeen-year-old Juliette views it as more of an expiration date, for she won’t live to see the age 18.

I feel like that doesn’t truly capture the book, but I don’t really want to spoil it.

Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

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The setting is my favorite part! The story takes place in the world of Vivantir. Which, like I mentioned before, every citizen knows what day they’ll die on. The world is set in 2712, so pretty far in the future. It’s pretty similar to our world, except with a lot more skyscrapers and some technology that we don’t have(yet). My personal favorite piece of technology is the travel chambers, which I definitely wish we had now.

Tell us about your protagonist.

Juliette is kind of apathetic. One of the reasons why it’s kind of hard to write her is because she doesn’t really have something that she wants, which goes against a lot of writing advice. But, it just makes since to me because why would you have any dreams if you knew you wouldn’t be able to fulfill them? Anyway, she’s an ISTP who has medium skin, straight brown hair and is kinda tall.

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What excites you the most about this novel?

Honestly? I’m just excited to figure out how this story goes.

Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?

Hopefully a duology? But possibly a standalone.

Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?

Uh, I have almost no plot? So, I’m pretty sure that would be pantsing.

Umm, anyway. I’m going to now answer these questions for my current WIP!

Not really a fan of this cover…

This is Celia Brown and the Disappearing Diamond! It’s a Middle-Grade mystery. Ideally, this is a connected series with many books, but currently I only have plans for this one. I want to get this up to 50k, and currently I’m a little bit above 10k! I’m really happy with my progress so far, because I only started a little while ago.

What first sparked the idea for this novel?

Um, I don’t know? I guess I just love the mystery genre(despite the fact that I haven’t read much of it) and I wanted to write a mystery myself? Also, I knew I wanted to write something Middle-Grade after starting the disastrous first draft of Vivantir.

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Share a blurb (or just an overall summary if you’d prefer)!

Celia Brown is sick of being overlooked just because she’s only eleven. However, she gets a chance to prove her usefulness when her older sister’s engagement ring is stolen. Celia begins an investigation to find the ring.

That could use some work. But it serves its purpose. The story is basically, ring goes missing and Celia tries to find it.

Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

There isn’t much of a setting? I just feel like it isn’t super necessary to describe because it isn’t an imaginary world or time. But it takes place in Southern USA, which I feel somewhat confident writing about seeing as that’s where I’m from myself.

Tell us about your protagonist.

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I really didn’t know anything about Celia before I started CBATDD. This novel, I really went into blind, only knowing the synopsis I just shared, and of course, I know who took the ring. Anyway, I did know that I wanted Celia to be pale with black hair. Since writing part of CBATDD, I now know that Celia is a sassy, introverted, bookish, witty little girl. She often gets annoyed when people underestimate her and she’d do just about anything for her older sister Alexis.

What excites you the most about this novel?

Really just the fact that it actually seems possible to finish. The longest thing I’ve written so far has been around 25k, and to know that I only have to double that to get this? It’s pretty cool. Also, I’m more than 20% into it already. I also feel like my writing style is very condusive to a middle-grade book.

Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?

Hopefully some sort of series? But it won’t be a series that needs to be read in order. It’s more of a series of connected standalones. But, we’ll just have to see!

Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?

I literally had no plot for this novel before starting. It was like I had an idea of a mystery and I just thought of what a mystery was, and I wrote out a very, very loose plan. And I’m glad! Because now I let myself take the story in whatever direction it needs to go. Like, I’m adding in a friendship subplot that I wouldn’t have thought to add before starting.

Because I’ve gotten quite a bit done in CBATDD(still have a ways to go though,) I’m going to also answer some of the Know The Novel part 2 questions.

How’s the writing going overall?

Good, I’d say. I mean, it’s a crappy first draft, but it’s a first draft, so I can always edit it later!

What’s been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?

Seeing the mystery unfold. There are probablysome plotholes, but I’m hoping I can figure those out before draft 2.

What do you think of your characters at this point? Who’s your favorite to write about?

I like them. Celia is amazing, and Alexis is kind of interesting. I haven’t quite figured her out yet. She’s kinda…dumb? I don’t know, but I just feel like she needs some growth.

What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?

I made it to 10k! That’s 20% of my goal, which is huge for me.

If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?

I’d probably be…Alexis I guess? And yeah, I would take lots of different actions, like going to the police instead of my 11 year old little sister!

Give us the first sentence or paragraph then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!

First sentence:

“Oh, it’s lovely!” Mrs. Smith complimented the shimmering stone on Alexis’s left hand. 

Some snippets that I like:

None of the other party guests were doing anything noteworthy, so Celia glanced at the blazing Georgia sun. Its position in the sky was lowering. Celia took a breath of relief when she saw that. That meant that this party would end soon. It wasn’t very proper for a garden party to last later than sundown.

As most eleven-year-olds can agree, the school hours seemed to take twice as long as regular hours. It was as if all school buildings were time machines, and somehow they made time pass extra slow. Today seemed to pass even slower than usual. By the time Alexis had returned to pick Celia up, it felt like an eternity had passed.

“Will you set the table?” Alexis asked Celia. It was Friday, which meant the girls were having a very special guest over for dinner. A special guest that could help them figure out who took Alexis’s ring. 

“Do you think we should do the whole good cop, bad cop routine?” Celia asked dreamily. This interview was important. It seemed as if the entire investigation hinged on this interview.

“I think we should set the table.”

Celia ignored her sister. “I’ll be the bad cop. No offense, but you’re not suited for the role.”

Whilst looking through snippets, I just realized I’ve made a terrible mistake. Celia’s teacher assigns her a short story twice, and…oops?

Share an interesting tidbit about the writing process so far! (For example: Have you made any hilarious typos? Derailed from your outline? Killed off a character? Changed projects entirely? Anything you want to share!)

I have a note on my phone where I list every time I mispell “Celia.” So far, I have, Celai, Calie, Clia, Cleia, Celie, Celis, Cali and Celisa. All of which are pretty names that I’d like to use someday.

Whelp, Those are all the questions that I’ll be answering from the tag. I’m glad to introduce you to my 2 WIPs. (and look at that, I already have plans for another…)

Please let me know what you think of these two novels so far! And feel free to ask questions, I’m happy to answer them! (unless they involve spoilers…:) Also, tell me about your WIP if you have one in the comments!

41 thoughts on “A Chaotic Introduction to My Novels

    1. Wait seriously? That’s so weird! I mean, I made it on Canva, but still, I thought it was kinda unique. *sighs*
      Hehe, Vivantir isn’t necessarily going on the garbage, but maybe in the recycling bin? Compost maybe?

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  1. Ha, ha, I saw your first novel cover and I immediately thought of one my own writing prompts that’s very similar to it! XD It was basically “How would you spend your last week on earth?” (When I write it out here it suddenly sounds very morbid . . . 😶)

    *ahem* Moving on . . . this was a great post and I really enjoyed getting to see some of your novels!

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  2. Ooh, that’s so cool you’re writing novels!! I’ve always kind of wanted to write one, but I’m in no way a writer at all. xD So you’re lucky you have that talent!

    I absolutely LOVE the cover for “Viavantir”!!! As you probably know, my favorite genre is Sci-Fi! xD When you finish it, I hope I can be one the first to read it!!! I’m sooo excited! xD Plus, the plot sounds absolutely incredible. Don’t give up on it!! (:

    Amazing post!

    -Addie-

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    1. Yeah. It’s a lot of work, but I imagine the feeling of finishing a novel to be incredibly rewarding. You should try it out! Your already a writer if you blog.

      Thank you! Yes, sci-fi rocks. I love that idea! I’m a little bit more motivated to write it now. I’m still going to wait a little while, but don’t worry, I’m not giving up!

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words! It really meant a lot to me.

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  3. “How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?” – A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes back cover blurb. O_O I am mind-blown how similar your line is to this story’s line. And also your blurb is strangely similar too. This may be discouraging to hear, but no story is the same especially written by different people and maybe reading the Out of Time Trilogy could be inspiring to you cause it is so similar. So this whole point of this comment was to fangirl about a series I own but haven’t read yet. I hope it isn’t disappointing… I really hope I didn’t crush this story’s life because I really I love the sound of it and it is in a genre I adore reading so far. Your protagonist sounds so cool and I’m quite intrigued by the hints of the technology in the world. Also I love that you put it pretty far into the future. A lot of people I noticed don’t do that.
    And I love the sound of your middle grade book! It sounds fun, exciting and… sweet or cute? Hmm, I don’t think those are the right words, but they only ones I can think of. Anyway, love the snippets, love the characters and you’re doing so well in writing! *cheering you on*
    (Haha, several WIPs at once is so a thing I do. XD I can at least generally stick to writing only one, but brainstorming… nope, impossible. XD)

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    1. Woahhh, that’s crazy! I have that one on my TBR(I think).

      Aw thanks! I was kinda thinking my idea was original😂. But yeah, I’m sure it will be different however I do it.

      I feel like it could be inspiring, but I also don’t know? Like what if I read it and make it too similar? I’m not sure.

      Don’t worry! You didn’t kill Vivantir. I still feel like I’m the only one who can tell this series. And I love the world mainly, which I’m pretty sure is unique.

      Yes! I’m super excited for Celia Brown.

      Thank you! This encouraged me a bit.

      (Yep,)

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      1. Funny thing is that the author thought one of her ideas was original in her Out of Time series but found out it isn’t so original as she thought. It sucks, I had that happened with me too with one of my ideas and I was like -_- but then I still kept the idea because (1) I love it, (2) I thought of it before I read the book with the idea, and (3) it is still unique because I’m doing the idea differently. So it depends on your definition of original or unique. I believe all stories can be original or unique, it depends on /how/ you do it.

        It definitely could, but, yeah, you don’t want to accidentally copy the idea. Maybe read it after you wrote your story and then see how similar your idea and hers really are. I generally believe that story will be so different that it doesn’t matter if the idea or concept is similar to a published book.

        Oh, thanks goodness. I really love this story. And, yes, you are the only one who can tell this series! And, yes, I 100% believe the world is unique! It isn’t like Out of Time at all or any other stories I’ve read or heard of (from blurbs and stuff). *I’m searching my brain for similarities and I can’t think of any.* Also your protagonist is unique too! There are so many things that will make this story unique.

        But if you’re really worried, I could read it when you’re done with it and see if anything is too similar to something? Part of the reason for Betas, right? That is if you want my help of course.

        (I still feel like I made a mess of this. Oops.)

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  4. ALKFJALKJJ, I’m obsessed with this…I so want to read these books! The aesthetic of Vivantir is so cyberpunk and I love it, and the summary is definately compelling. As for the Celia Brown book, it’s reminding me so much of Mandie that I want to devour it. 🤣
    Honestly, I’m excited to read these (if you publish them, etc) – I will be your biggest fan.

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